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francisco. this last year i have had the honor of working with board of supervisor john avalos. mayor ed lee, all of the city departments who are responsible for delivering capital products and co-chairing a local policy hiring working group. last year we were able to put our heads together, work collectively to implement this landmark policy to bring to wherever -- whenever we are implementing our capital projects to make sure that our monies also go to providing local jobs to this communities that are impacted by our capital projects. we work together with a different department head to maximize existing resources and to minimize costs and we have successfully done that. i want to thank all of our department heads here today,
department of public works mohammed nehru. teresa sparks from the human rights commission, the public utilities commission. i would like rec and park for hosting here at the playground. this is one of the projects that is under construction and that are hitting its local hire goals already with 10% progress on this project. i want to thank all of our community partners, whether it's young community developers, the a. phillip randolph institute. i want to thank bright line institute and i he was want to thank our partnership with the unions, local 261 and local 22 and the operating engineers, i see you all here today. thank you for your participation. without all of these partner ships, we would not have been able to successfully achieve this first year of implementing the local hire policy.
i also want to introduce the mayor who under his leadership when he first game the mayor a year ago, it was very important to him to create jobs here in san francisco and to make sure that our local residents are going -- that our local residents are having opportunities to have are employment here in san francisco. and it's his support with the board of supervisors and all of the departments that he is very -- that he is here today to announce our great progress with local hire. so mayor ed lee. [applause] >> thank you, naomi. welcome, everybody, to this wonderful occasion. about a year ago, supervisor avalos and i and a number of other hopeful departments and union leadership and community people gathered together at a playground to announce the beginning of an ordinance that
we both worked very hard on. and we knew at that time that we were transitioning as a city to be less dependent upon just words of faith that we have been operating on for some number of years to real life transformation to see real faces like the people that are standing behind me, people whose lives are beginning to transform because they earned their way to a decent job on city projects. and we knew that the real secret is for us to transform ourselves as policymakers and program directors -- don't mind if i pause while these trains come in. that we wanted to have something to hold ourselves accountable to the goals that
had been loftly crafted in this ordinance. so we went about the business to working together with the goals, with the trades, with the unions, with the training centers and with the departments about city-funded projects and to make sure that we could really have a city build local hire program that had goals that could be accomplishable and measurable. and so we decided that we would do this in a multi-year fashion where the first year, you had 20% goal and after that, by different measurements, ultimately our vision would be 50% of all working folks on these projects would be people from san francisco. and so this first year was really a test of what this lofty goal ordinance would do
if we all concentrated on the seriousness of performance rather than words. so we all got together and we all not only looked at ourselves in the face, we actually made agreements with companies like elations to really get accurate reports, with the labor units to really bear down on the trades that were going to be welcome, really bear down on our training programs to get the preapprenticeship programs up and running and then we went to work with our communities, all of our communities to make sure our doors were open and to make sure that their anticipations could actually be met. all of that working together has produced this final report that we're handing out today of one year worth of performance and i want to announce today that after the first year, we have hit not just the 20% goal
that we had anticipated we would try to do, but because of the very deliberate work of the departments, the unions, the apprenticeship programs, the and all working together, we have accomplished 34% of all work in local hire, 34%. this is part of a commitment that we have always wanted to markings a good foundation and we knew it wasn't going to be easy. we knew, in fact, if john and i had some minutes, we would go back, the supervisor and i would go back and identify all of the challenges that we had this past year of tearing out our own hair and kind of going back and forth with different representatives of different unions and still talking with advocates to say whether or not we could be able to accomplish this. now we got a good foundation. now we have the reason to move
forward with everybody. we gave ourselves enough flexibility in the language of this ordinance to really try to do and learn things as we went along. but the reality is that this ordinance is a live one. it's a live one because we have committed people in every aspect of the city and in the private sector working with contractors, the subcontractors to the enforcement staff of our office of economic and workforce development, our city build leadership, our departments, as well as the workers themselves believing that we're all watching each other with the very clear hope that we want to accomplish. that's why we get good results. we're breathing life into an ordinance that had in the past been simply good strong language of faith. and so breathing life into it means everybody has goals to be accomplished.
the most important goal, though, in my opinion, is not so much the ordinance, not so much the departments because we all have jobs, it's the people who didn't have a job a year ago now transforming their lives and giving hope to their families as well as they come here. that's the real transformation that we wanted to have happen. that's the real performance, because when we do that, and we do that with our city money in wonderful places like this park as you see today under construction with rec and park, we have the commitments of our own folks in our city believing this program works for them, a lot of other things take care of themselves. and there is not only hope, there is real progress going on in the city and i am very, very proud of people who have faith in our government to get into these programs and help change their lives. it also makes other announcements that much more
significant. as we gain the success of this 34%, we can can now have a dialogue around other projects that are forthcoming and in the works, projects that other departments are excited to bring into this fold, projects that we know will result after we pass the parks fund in november, right, supervisor? yeah. you know because the public now sees there is a direct benefit when our residents work off these wonderful projects that we pass where we're willing to tax ourselves to get the revenue, but we see the actual benefit in the more than just one or two ways. we're going to get beautiful parks. we're going to get great streets. we're going to get fantastic cultural institutions all done
out of these bonds. we're going see people's lives transformed as a result of this, people who are going to raise their kids here, who are going to buy their breakfast, lunch, and dinners in the community, who are going to get their friends to come and visit them in our wonderful great city who will live their lives proudly with their investments, whether it's a family or a small business or their own work right in our own city. we have done that because the board and the mayor's office decided quite a while ago that we're going to cooperate on local hire. we're going to make this happen for ourselves and we're going to make sure we hold ourselves accountable. so not only is this report important, not only is the review steps important and the collaboration, but we're going beyond that. we're setting more goals. towards the end of this month, the goal turns to 25%. a year after that, it's up again because we continue to hold ourselves accountable and we know now that it works, that it can work even better.
we can get more people. we can double this group behind us next year. we'll have more smiling faces, more people paying taxes, more kids in our schools with hope that they can come out and get good jobs in this city. i also want to make two more announcements. as this, as the goals of this ordinance get more challenging yet more accomplishable. i want to let you know we're bringing more people to come in had to think through some of this stuff. i would like to lead with supervisor avalos' help in creating a local hire advisory committee, get more people involved with us to make this even more successful. communities, folks, advocates as well as government people. and then i want even more of a dedicated leadership and thanks to the leadership already that
naomi has given and o.e.w.d. and the wonderful staff focused on city build and the lower hire ordinance, we're bringing in a very experienced person to head up city build. his name is pat mulligan, he is from the carpenters union. [applause] >> pat, congratulations. i know you're going to use your years of experience in helping us get this done. we're excited that you're aboard because you have not only the experience, you have performance under your belt as well. i know you're serious about helping us creating more hope with more people. that is going to be a continuing story of his leadership and his involvement along with everybody else to complement. nobody is leaving the table. everybody is bringing more people in because i think the best thing is people smell victory. it's like being in the final four, you know. it's not about bringing less people to the table, it's about
bringing more people because we smell the possibility of more success for a lot more people. but i begin today after a year of old struggle and challenges and reassurances and now finally performance, i want to continue thanking supervisor avalos for his leadership when he first said let's make this more serious. let's get this real job done. let's get this thing on the road in a better way. so we got a lot of good things to celebrate, but we have a lot more work to do, a lot more projects to identify and a lot more stronger relationship with our voting public that these projects are going to be even more meaningful as they're getting built. you're going to see construction. you're going to see a lot of people that are going to be very satisfied with the results of these projects. so thank you very much for celebrating with us this year. we look forward to the advancement of this ordinance. [applause] >> thank you, mr. mayor.
i have the honor today as mayor mentioned, thanks to rhonda simmons and her leadership and the office of economic and workforce development. she along with many people from the community and many people from the unions introduced us to pat mulligan who was a financial secretary for the carpenters local 22 and a member of the building trades association and we are very pleased to have him come on as our local hire director and will oversee city build. with that, i would like to introduce pat mulligan. [applause] >> thanks, naomi. tonight under service administration and the citizens of san francisco regarding this important measure, i thank mayor lee for allowing me this opportunity and i look forward to working with the existing staff and all the candidates and graduates of city build. thank you, thank you, everybody. [applause] >> thank you, pat. now i have the honor of
introducing our board of supervisor john avalos. it was his leadership, his vision, gosh in 2010, that shepherded this policy through the board of supervisors and we enjoy working with him on this local hire policy and the implementation phase. he has not only saw the legislation, but he has actively engaged in making sure that it is implemented in san francisco and we enjoy working with you. supervisor avalos. [applause] >> thank you, naomi. thank you, mr. mayor, mayor lee, for your leadership on local hire. we are putting san franciscans to work. we are rebuilding san francisco and we're putting san franciscans to work. back in the depression, we had high unemployment. the response from the governor was the new deal. and finding projects to rebuild this country and put people to work. in san francisco, when we had
high unemployment, we looked at what we could do with our public works projects and our construction projects to put local residents to work, to make sure that we can actually fuel our local economy by hiring local people. that's what the essence of local higher has been and what it was about. we had a big change. we had to go from good faith efforts of the past to create a mandatory requirement on local hire and change was not easy. i cannot say enough about how much community and labor worked together to make local hire happen. it was the carpenters union, it was the laborers, bright line defense. there were contractors, asian contractorsant latino contractors, contractors large and small to make this legislation happen. it was that kind of unity that really was successful in creating this great change. that was just one part, though,
was creating legislation, getting it past the board of supervisors was one part. the greater part of it has been making sure the implementation happens and mayor lee, rhonda simmons, naomi kelly get so much credit in making that happen. we would not have been that successful as we have been without that great effort. so we're seeing now what the goal was for this past year was 20% local hire and we're actually at 34%. that is a remarkable achievement and that is the testament of the great work and great involvement of this administration to make local hire happen and i give great credit where credit is due in that process. i also wants to thank all of the trainees for city build that were part of this program. [applause] >> and mayor lee is absolutely right that this project, this ordinance and the work that we do around local hire, a lot of it is about your future and the future of your families here in san francisco and what you're going to do is that if you're
working on this project or other projects you will work on in san francisco, you will be able to look back and see the great work that your hands have built in this city. what a remarkable thing to think about. what a remarkable thing to look back on your day's work or your year's work and see a park, a port peer, an air -- pier, a tower that is built. thank you for that work. thank you for making that change in your life. this ordinance is here to make sure that you have a pathway for that and for future residents to do that as well. i want to thank mayor lee again, naomi kelly, rhonda simmons, our partners in labor, especially the operating engineers local 3, the carpenters union number 22 and 261 for making this a great success. i look forward to how we can improve on this. i do support the local hire advisory committee. we need to make sure that we have the pipeline as full as it
can be for local residents and making sure as well that women can also get higher levels of employment in the construction trades. that's one thing the reports emn trades. that is one thing the report looked at. we need to look good veterans as well, veterans who are in need. the challenge is still ahead. i look forward to rolling up my sleeves and a working with the administration to make that happen. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you. as you heard, supervisor of loews and merely talk about the city build students -- supervisor avalos and mayor lee talking about the city build students. we're proud to work on our construction project. i now next want to bring up to the stage jason chan, a current city billed student. this class is going to graduate in june. -- a current city build student.
at this class will graduate in june. [applause] good morning. thank you, mayor lee, office of workforce and economic development, and all the instructors and students who nominated me to speak on behalf of our program. i am truly thankful for all your support. my name is jason chan, a current city build academy student, my late 20's, a local resident of san francisco. for the past few years, i was down into my leg. economic crisis and a lack of work. i had lost my confidence and opportunity was simply not there. the situation made me feel that -- i only have myself to blame for the whole i am in. then i heard about the local hiring ordinance, the possibility of landing some stable work, and at the same time i learned about the city build program through my brother-in-law who is a former
graduate of the program. this program looked like the ticket to get into a good union jobs. my family was already working in construction, thought to myself, heck, i can use this program as a way to redeem myself and to build a brighter future. city build has helped to build my self-confidence. instructors truly care for us. most importantly, they're honest about our personal growth, development, and the construction trade. i also met a lot of peers who without this program, society would have given them out. people in met in double the people i met in this program i feel that they're the real everyday heroes. they are willing to work, rain or shine, in the most dangerous and backbreaking fields and make something out of themselves. i had never seen another program similar to this. heck, i wish i knew programs like this when i graduated from
high school, when i was a fumbling and declared in college. as much as people talk about the local hiring ordinance and how you have to hire that particular percentage of workers, city build should not be simply mandated in giving someone a job, but instead, to train someone for a lifetime career. this program simply does that. it creates opportunity for us. opened many doors to an industry that many san francisco and residents would not have dreamed of. we should grow and improve this program together, make is so it can be a model program to train our future and to show local bay area residents how to build and reinvented ourselves to maintain our glory years by the locals who live here. i would like to thank you, mayor ed lee and the committees
staff, local unions. we cannot thank you enough for your support. indeed mentor at city build academy helping me and my city build brothers and sisters, making dreams come true. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, jason. next, i would like to bring up a member from local 261. as jason manchin, this city build academy is with our great pressure but local 261 -- as jason it mentions. we appreciate our working relationship with local 261 and dave. dave. >> thank you. first and foremost, i want to thank mayor lee for his leadership room and his commitment to providing opportunities to san francisco
residence. i want to thank the heads of departments. naomi kelly, mohammed nuru, supervisor avalos, for the ordinance that is in place now. that will provide the conduit for the job opportunities. i also want to acknowledge the students from city build i also want to congratulate my brother pat mulligan on his new appointment. with regards to the students of city build, i often go out there and speak before the class. i tell them what it takes to make it in this very competitive industry. you just heard from one of the students. you know, it is not just a job. it is a career. that is how they should think of it. that is what this academy provides, the skill set. i come from the rank-and-file. i wish they had an academy like this when i was out there. it does give you a heads up, a
competitive advantage. and again, it is and 18-week course. obviously they are here and i want to acknowledge their commitment and dedication to it. that is it. thank you. [applause] >> ok, thank you, everyone, for coming. we can open it up for a few questions. or maybe we will take some questions -- we will finish and we will take some questions on the side. thank you. >> when stephen de staebler died, he was working on one of the biggest shows of his career,
matter and spirit. it is a retrospective look at the many faces and faces of the life of an innovative artist from the california clay movement. stephen de staebler's developed in an area dominated by abstract expression. even his peers saw his form. >> he was able to find a middle ground in which he balanced the ideas of human figuration and representation with abstraction and found it even more meaningful to negotiate that duality. >> another challenge was to create art from a meeting that was typically viewed as kraft material. his transforming moment was an accident in the studio. an oversized vertical sculpture
began to collapse under its own weight and spread onto the floor. he sought a new tradition before him, landscape sculpture. >> you feel this extended human form underneath the surface of the earth struggling to emerge. eventually, it does. it articulates his idea that the earth is like flesh, and the archaeology and geology in the earth are like the bones, the structure of the earth. this tied in with his idea of mother earth, with the sense that we are all tied to nature and the earth. >> a half dozen bay area museums and private collectors loan the massive sculptures to the museum for its matter and spirit retrospective. but the most unusual contributions came from stephen himself. a wall of autobiographical masks and hence from the early decades of his private study.
>> he had one of the most beautiful studios i have ever been in. when you walk in, your first impression is of these monumental figures that you see in the exhibition, but if you went into the back corner of his studio, there was a series of shells with these diminutive figures. he told me, these are the heart of my studio. these little, and held intimate study is that he referred to as his sketchbook. a painter might make drawings. stephen de staebler made miniature sculptures. >> during the 1970's, he was inspired by the monuments of egypt. he assembled a large rocks of clay into figures that resembled the ancient kings and queens. he credited a weathered appearance by rubbing glazes' into the clay while still wet. the misfires from his killed were brought in his backyard in his berkeley home. he called